MIL OSI – Source: United Civil Party Belarus – in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: EU Demands to Release Protesters in Belarus
The European Union has demanded the immediate release of the demonstrators and journalists who have been jailed in Belarus after street protests against the decree “On social parasites”.
“The latest developments in Belarus highlight a clear need for a broader democratisation process in the country. Freedom of association and of assembly needs to be ensured. Recently detained peaceful protesters, including journalists covering the events, must be immediately released.
The European Union is committed to a stable, democratic and prosperous future for Belarus, for the benefit of its people, and will continue its work with all the stakeholders with this objective firmly in mind.
Steps taken by Belarus to respect universal fundamental freedoms, rule of law and human rights will remain key for the shaping of the European Union’s relationship with the country” – the spokesperson for the European External Action Service said in a statement on Friday.